Community Celebrates History-Making Announcement
The Knox County Schools made history on Aug. 3, 2015, when it was
named an Exemplary District by the Tennessee Department of Education.
The Knox County Schools is the first large urban school district to ever
earn this distinction from the state.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Candice McQueen, Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre and
other special guests made the announcement during an exciting
celebration held at Carter Middle School. To earn the Exemplary
distinction, the Knox County Schools significantly improved student
performance and narrowed achievement gaps for students over the
2014-2015 school year. Click here
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In addition to announcing the Exemplary District distinction, Gov.
Haslam, Dr. McQueen and Dr. McIntyre also named the 2014-2015 Reward
Schools, which are schools that lead the state in progress and
performance. Six schools in the Knox County Schools earned the Reward
- Carter High School (Progress)
- Carter Middle School (Progress)
- Copper Ridge Elementary School (Progress)
- Gap Creek Elementary School (Performance)
- Farragut High School (Performance)*
- Sequoyah Elementary School (Performance)**
*Third consecutive year as a Reward School
**Fourth consecutive year as a Reward School
Reward Schools are the top 5 percent of schools for performance and
the top 5 percent of schools for progress. Schools are designated
as Reward for performance for overall student achievement. This
designation is determined annually by a one-year success rate, which is
calculated by adding together the total number of proficient or advanced
students in each subject and dividing by the total number of test
takers for each subject. Schools are designated as Reward for
progress for having high student growth. This designation is determined
by a one-year TVAAS
Value-Added Assessment System) school composite.
Also participating in the August 3 celebration were Knox County
Board of Education Chair Mike McMillan, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett,
Carter Middle School Principal Tommy Watson, Former Carter Middle School
Principal Chad Smith and Carter High School Principal Ryan Siebe.
More than 400 teachers, school staff members, community members,
students and dignitaries attended the event in the new gymnasium at
Carter Middle School. Additionally, teachers and staff members of all
Knox County Schools were able to celebrate together via live streaming
to all 90 schools. Members of the Carter High School marching band,
directed by Matt
McCurry, elevated the excitement with rousing music, and cheerleaders
from Carter High and Middle schools added spirit to the festive
for information from the Tennessee Dept. of Education.